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Texting ban inches forward in FL Senate

2:45 PM, Jan 26, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida -- A ban on texting and driving cleared another hurdle Thursday in the Florida Senate.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert--a Republican from Venice--passed the Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development Appropriations by a vote of 14-to-one.

This was the third committee to approve the bill.  It must make its way through two more to get a hearing before the full Senate.

Detert's bill calls for a $30 fine for anyhone caught texting and driving.  They would not get any points on their license and would have to be pulled over for another offense.

A similar bill in the House, sponsored by Republican Ray Pilon of Sarasota, has failed to get a hearing in any committee.

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